Press Release from Tennessee Tax Revolt; Oct. 3, 2011:
Support Rally and Concert Planned
Nashville, TN – (October, 3 2011) Over 60 state and national tea party and conservative groups unite in a show of support for the embattled Gibson Guitar Corp. A rally and concert will be held on Saturday October 8th from 2 to 4pm at the Scoreboard Grill at 2408 Music Valley Dr. Nashville, TN. Preshow music and vendor booth visits will begin at 1pm.
The rally is being held to draw attention to the ongoing plight of Gibson after a second round of raids by federal agents was conducted this August. This raid, and an earlier one in 2009 were in response to the companies use and importation of rare and exotic woods in the manufacture of their iconic guitars. The basis of the federal action lies in an interpretation of the Lacey Act as amended in 2008 which makes it illegal to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant taken in violation of any Federal, state, tribal, or foreign law that protects plants. Gibson contends that its importation of these woods was in complete compliance with all laws of the countries of origin and in fact is in possession of documentation affirming compliance from the governments of the exporting countries. Concerned citizens view this action as an abuse of power and an overreach of the federal government.
The rally and concert will feature Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, talk radio hosts Steve Gill and Phil Valentine and Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. Performing artists include Bruce Bellott, Krista Branch, Rivoli Revue, Madison Rising, 16 year old guitar phenom Grant Austin Taylor, and Eric Lee Beddingfield.
Sponsoring partners will be on hand with booths for information, plenty of good food, and a few surprises. Please bring your lawn chairs, as we will have a portion of the parking lot blocked off for the evening festivities. Please check the website at www.gibsonrally.com for details, parking plan, and any last minute additions.
The event organizers will hold a press conference on Wednesday October 5th at 12 noon at the Scoreboard to discuss the rally objectives and release the final lineup.